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The Water Framework Directive sets the ambitious goal of achieving "good status" for rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and groundwater by 2015. The management plans and programmes of measures for Germany’s ten river basins were issued in December 2009. In December 2012, a report on the implementation status of the programmes of measures was submitted to the European Commission.  more

a stream landscape

For more than 50 years, Germany and the Netherlands have worked together successfully in the countries' Boundary Water Commission. The Commission was founded with the aim of coordinating water management between the two countries. Since its first meeting in 1963, water quality has improved considerably. more

river framed by trees and bushes

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig will focus on combining existing monitoring and assessment expertise on water resources in the EU. The German government hopes to collect further information on the state of water bodies in Europe from which both environmental protection and resource conservation stand to benefit. more

The German Government supports the proposal of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) for special marine conservation. In its report issued 2013 entitled "World in Transition: Governing the Marine Heritage" the experts proposed that all marine zones, with the exception of territorial waters, should be declared the common heritage of mankind. more


Hydraulic fracturing technology, used to extract natural gas from unconventional deposits, can lead to groundwater contamination. There is particular concern and uncertainty regarding the use of chemicals and the disposal of flowback, the wastewater produced by the process. more

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